One-Off 1972 Porsche 911 Targa Recreation And Matching Chronograph Hit The Auction Block

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Here's your chance to own an exclusive Porsche Classic product built in conjunction with the brand's Design department.

At the beginning of this year, Porsche Classic was tasked to put together a special exhibition of a 1972 911 Targa with a bespoke watch to celebrate the inauguration of Porsche Design at its Stuttgart-based museum. That duo has now come up for auction via RM Sotheby's at its upcoming New York event from 29 November - 14 December.

The lot is expected to fetch anywhere between $275,000 to $375,000, meaning you have to be a die-hard enthusiast to consider this as it is close to double the model's current value. It's also almost double the price of a brand-new Porsche 911 Targa 4.

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Once you take a look at the work that has been put into it, though, it becomes a hard estimate to argue against. Porsche Classic, working in conjunction with the Design department, spent hours researching and laboring to recreate this model, which resembles the watch Ferdinand Alexander Porsche designed in 1972, referred to as the Chronograph I.

Ulrike Lutz, Director of Porsche Classic, explains that this restoration was possible thanks to something known within the company as the Sonderwunsch (special request) program. The division was given free rein to create a faithful rendition, with the only rule being that it had to be based on a 1972 model.

There should be no doubt that Porsche Classic knows how to bring cars back to their former glory without impacting their historic value. A recent example of this was the 100-year-old Daimler racecar which the founder used to race to victory before the brand started making cars.

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Lutz boldly adds that the Porsche Classic and Design's final creation represents "a unique vehicle that blends tradition and present-day and bears the signature of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche."

Many may not be aware of the fact that Ferdinand Porsche spent two semesters perfecting his craft at the Ulm School of Design before joining the family business. After this, he entered the company's body styling sector where he paid an instrumental part in penning the Porsche 901 project in the late 1950s. Together with his brother Hans-Peter, Porsche Design was officially introduced to the brand in 1972 as a curation arm that would go on to make some of the finest automotive-themed watches.

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For those not familiar with this restoration project, the high-gloss platinum-painted 911 Targa is a one-of-a-kind build that has had its engine, chassis, and brakes upgraded to S-specification. This means the 2.4-liter boxer engine produces 190 horsepower instead of the original 130-hp figure. It is one of a handful of units that got produced by Porsche Classic this year.

The unique and highly desirable classic will be one of the first one-off models sold with a seal that signifies its exclusivity in the world of classic sportscars. Further unique design elements include "Porsche Design" decals at the sides, a "50 Years of Porsche Design" logo fitted to the dash, and a silver 911 plaque with "Edition 50 Years of Porsche Design" lettering.

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